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Digital pills make their way to market

Digital pills make their way to market

30 Jul 2012 | 21:31 BST | Posted by Amy Maxmen

Digestible microchips embedded in drugs may soon tell doctors whether a patient is taking their medications as prescribed. These sensors are the first ingestible devices approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To some, they signify the beginning of an era in digital medicine.

“About half of all people don’t take medications like they’re supposed to,” says Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla,California. “This device could be a solution to that problem, so that doctors can know when to rev up a patient’s medication adherence.” Topol is not affiliated with the company that manufactures the device, Proteus Digital Health in Redwood City,California, but he embraces the sensor’s futuristic appeal, saying, “It’s like big brother watching you take your medicine.”

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how about we fix our

how about we fix our nutrition and exercise problems before relying on some pervasive technology?

no, that would make too much sense and help too many people.


i see no potential for abuse from this or my government health care.
life is good.

"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul


wondering what the lifespan of these were.Also glad I prefer mental and natural medicine.Can't stand drugs.